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What Starts Here Starts With You

What starts at The University of Texas at Austin changes the world. Together, through one of the largest fundraising efforts in our state’s history, we will open doors to a first-class education, recruit top faculty, create healthier communities and solve global problems. Join us in changing the world.

Learn More About the Division

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is a national model for integrating diversity and community engagement into the core mission of a university. It works with a broad range of student, faculty, staff, and community constituents to help The University of Texas at Austin connect its intellectual resources to communities across Texas and offer education to those who may face the greatest challenges in accessing it. The Division focuses on four core pillars: inclusive campus, community engagement, K-12 education, and student success.

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First-Gen Equity

Who We Are

First-Gen Equity within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) is a continuation and expansion of the DDCE First-Generation Initiative, which was envisioned by a handful of first-generation students in 2017, Alejandrina Guzman and Matt Thibault. Fueled by a desire to have their own first-generation community on campus, these passionate students joined forces with a committee of dedicated staff members to develop an outline for a student-run organization that they would be proud to call their own.

Your Impact

Your gift will help continue to expand a dynamic learning community where first-generation students can self-select many learning opportunities based on their desire to participate. Your generosity can provide financial support to a first-generation student in need or can help to fund the opportunity for first-generation students to get additional support from our ever-growing team of student ambassadors. Your donation will not only facilitate the addressing of first-generation students’ immediate needs but will simultaneously make a profound and significant impact on their future accomplishments.

Support First-Gen Equity

Inclusive Campus Culture

The DDCE cultivates an inclusive campus culture that actively and intentionally engages diverse people, ideas, and perspectives to create a vibrant learning and working environment.

Black Graduate Student Association

Support to Black grad students via academic programming and professional development.

Darren Walker Scholars

Scholarship for students with financial need who demonstrate leadership and community involvement.

Diversity and Community Engagement Greatest Need

These funds will go to a DDCE program or initiative of greatest need

Fearless Leadership Institute

Advances Black and Latina students through academic, professional and personal development

Gateway Scholars

Student success program designed to facilitate students’ transition through college

Ge Chen Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship

Provides scholarships to undergraduate students to study abroad

Global Leadership and Social Impact

Gives students project-based academic internship w/ real-world work experience

Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males (HSCBM)

Promotes academic excellence among African American males

LCAE Student Emergency Fund

Emergency funds for students in LCAE

Longhorn Center for Academic Equity

Sets students up for success through academic, leadership and partnership initiatives

McNair Scholars Program

Seeks to increase the number of low-income/first gen students earning doctoral degrees

Monarch Student Program

A program providing advising, mentoring, and workshops to undocumented students.

Project MALES

A multi-faceted research and mentoring initiative

Vice President's Fund for Excellence

Gifts from supporters committed to providing unrestricted annual gifts to DDCE